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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso – seven seats and 74.3mpg

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has become the most economical car in the seven-seater MPV class, with 74.3mpg and 98g/km CO2 emissions.

Weighing up to 110kg less than the previous generation model and with CO2 reduced by 30g/km on average, the new Grand C4 Picasso’s enhanced aerodynamics and optimised engine range deliver CO2 emissions from just 98g/km with a class-leading combined cycle fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg in the case of the e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6.

The new EMP2 platform means the new Grand C4 Picasso is at least 100kg lighter than its predecessor, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and an increase in fuel efficiency. The weight of selected e-HDi 115 versions is reduced further, being 110kg lighter than the equivalent models from the previous generation.

The new platform combines aluminium and steel alongside a composite rear floor to reduce the vehicle weight by 60kg. The new body style, with its optimised dimensions, balances the use of new materials – including an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate – to reduce the overall weight by a further 40kg.

The reduced mass, enhanced aerodynamics and an optimised engine range significantly cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – on average by 30g/km compared to its predecessor.

A new 6-speed clutchless manual gearbox – ETG6 (6-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox) – is available with e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 versions. With the ETG6 ‘box, drivers can switch from manual to automatic mode at any time, depending on their requirements and the driving environment.

The e-HDi 90 Airdream engine, with the ETG6, emits just 98 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 74.3mpg – which is class-leading.

At the heart of the range, the e-HDi 115 ETG6 emits just 104g/km CO2 emissions (105g/km for the manual version) with a combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg.

The new Grand C4 Picasso model is also available with the new Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine fitted with Citroen’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system – the only technology able to sharply reduce NOx emissions (by 90%), whilst also cutting CO2 emissions. The BlueHDi 150 manual unit in Exclusive trim emits just 110g/km of CO2 emissions (manual) and 117g/km of CO2 for the automatic version.

All diesel-powered new Grand C4 Picasso models are fitted with Stop & Start technology, as standard.

Now on sale in the UK, the new Grand C4 Picasso is available in four trim levels – VTR, VTR+, Exclusive & Exclusive+. Priced £1,700 higher than an equivalent five-seat New C4 Picasso, prices start at £19,200 for the VTi 120 manual VTR, rising to £27,855 for the BlueHDi 150 automatic Exclusive+.

With an anticipated 90% diesel/10% petrol mix, the top-selling model is expected to be the e-HDi 115 Airdream manual VTR+. The sales split is forecast to be approximately 25% retail, 75% fleet/business.

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